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Allocation of Exclusive Bar Code Series for Speed Post Articles containing Passport for Regional Passport Offices.

India Post has decided to allocate a new exclusive barcode series having prefix “PP” for Speed Post articles containing Passports booked by various Regional Passport Offices across the country. A new barcode series for each circle and the RPOs linked for booking purpose has been prescribed. All RPOs will switch over to the new barcode series for the purpose of booking of Speed Post articles containing Passports with effect from 15.09.2014.

New bar code series allocated for Speed Post Passport Consignment booked by RPOs is as under:

Sr. No.
Name of Postal Circle
Barcode Series Allocated
No.
Linked RPO to whom barcode series is allocated
RPO wise series allocated
From
To
From
To
1.
Delhi PP10000001XIN PP20000000XIN
1.
Delhi PP10000001XIN PP20000000XIN
2.
Maharashtra PP20000001XIN PP29500000XIN
2.
Mumbai PP20000001XIN PP25000000XIN
3.
Nagpur PP25000001XIN PP26000000XIN
4.
Pune PP26000001XIN PP27500000XIN
5.
Goa PP27500001XIN PP28500000XIN
6.
Thane PP28500001XIN PP29500000XIN
3.
Tamilnadu PP30000001XIN PP39500000XIN
7.
Chennai PP30000001XIN PP35500000XIN
8.
Coimbatore PP35500001XIN PP36500000XIN
9.
Trichy PP36500001XIN PP38000000XIN
10.
Madurai PP38000001XIN PP39500000XIN
4.
Andhra Pradesh PP40000001XIN PP49500000XIN
11.
Hyderabad PP40000001XIN PP47500000XIN
12.
Visakhapatnam PP47500000XIN PP49500000XIN
5.
Karnataka PP50000001XIN PP59500000XIN
13.
Bangalore PP50000001XIN PP59500000XIN
6.
West Bengal PP60000001XIN PP69500000XIN
14.
Kolkata PP60000001XIN PP69000000XIN
15.
Andaman & Nicobar
PP69000001XIN PP69500000XIN
7.
Assam PP70000001XIN PP70500000XIN
16.
Guwahati PP70000001XIN PP70500000XIN
8.
Bihar PP71000001XIN PP71500000XIN
17.
Patna PP71000001XIN PP71500000XIN
9.
Chhattisgarh PP72000001XIN PP72500000XIN
18.
Raipur PP72000001XIN PP72500000XIN
10.
Gujarat PP73000001XIN PP74500000XIN
19.
Ahmedabad PP73000001XIN PP74000000XIN
20.
Surat PP74000001XIN PP74500000XIN
11.
Haryana
No Linked RPO hence No Barcode series allotted.
12.
Himachal Pradesh PP75000001XIN PP75500000XIN
21.
Shimla PP75000001XIN PP75500000XIN
13.
Jammu & Kashmir PP76000001XIN PP77000000XIN
22.
J & K PP76000001XIN PP76500000XIN
23.
Shrinagar PP76500001XIN PP77000000XIN
14.
Jharkand PP77500001XIN PP78000000XIN
24.
Ranchi PP77500001XIN PP78000000XIN
15.
Kerala PP78500001XIN PP81000000XIN
25.
Cochin PP78500001XIN PP79500000XIN
26.
Kozhikode PP79500001XIN PP80000000XIN
27.
Trivandrum PP80000001XIN PP80500000XIN
28.
Malappuram PP80500001XIN PP81000000XIN
16.
Madhya Pradesh PP81500001XIN PP82000000XIN
29.
Bhopal PP81500001XIN PP82000000XIN
17.
North East
No Linked RPO hence No Barcode series allotted.
18.
Odisha PP82500001XIN PP83000000XIN
30.
Bhubaneswar PP82500001XIN PP83000000XIN
19.
Punjab PP83500001XIN PP86500000XIN
31.
Chandigarh PP83500001XIN PP84500000XIN
32.
Amritsar PP84500001XIN PP85500000XIN
33.
Jalandhar PP85500001XIN PP86500000XIN
20.
Rajasthan PP87000001XIN PP88000000XIN
34.
Jaipur PP87000001XIN PP88000000XIN
21.
Uttarakhand PP88500001XIN PP89500000XIN
35.
Dehradun PP88500001XIN PP89500000XIN
22.
Uttar Pradesh PP90000001XIN PP94500000XIN
36.
Bareilly PP90000001XIN PP91000000XIN
37.
Ghaziabad PP91000001XIN PP92000000XIN
38
Lucknow PP92000001XIN PP94500000XIN

Courtesy: AIPEU

Odipex-2014, 9th Odisha State Level Philatelic Exhibition: 22nd to 24th August 2014.

The 9th Odisha State Level Philatelic Exhibition ‘Odipex-2014’ was organised by Odisha Postal Circle at Marawari Society, Unit-6, Bhubaneswar. Exhibition was inaugurated in presence of Major General B. P. Das, AVSM, (Retd.), Shri Tilak De, Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Postal Circle, Shri Jaleswar Kanhar, Postmaster General, Sambalpur Postal Region and Dr. B. Vikrama, Superintending Archeologist, Bhubaneswar.

408 frames were on display at the exhibition. 20 stamps dealers across the country also attended the exhibition. The exhibition was well attended by general public, philatelists and students during all three days. During the exhibition ‘My Stamps’ were also made available.

Odipex 2014 Inauguration Function

Odipex 2014 Inauguration Function

Odipex 2014 Inauguration Function

On 22nd August 2014, a Special Cover on ancient site of Khandagiri and Udaya Giri was release. Cancellation depicts elephant (Special Cover approval no. OD/04/2014)

Special Cover on Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves : 22.08.2014

Odipex-2014 Special Cover

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar. The caves are situated on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvat in the Hathigumpha inscription. They have a number of finely and ornately carved caves. It is believed that most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for Jain monks during the reign of King Kharavela. Udayagiri means "Sunrise Hill" and has 18 caves while Khandagiri has 15 caves.

On the second day two special covers, one on National Aluminum Company (NALCO) and second on INTACH, Bhubaneswar Chapter were released. (Special Cover approval nos. OD/05/2014 and OD/06/2014) Cover release function was attended by Shri Ansuman Das, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NALCO, Shri Amiya Bhusan Tripathy, IPS (Retd.), State Convener, INTACH, Odisha and Dr. Sudarshan Panda, Director, Nandankanan, Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and Special Guest respectively.

Special Cover on NALCO : 23.08.2014

Odipex-2014 Special Cover Release

Odipex-2014 Special Cover

National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) is Asia's largest integrated aluminium complex, encompassing bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and casting, power generation, rail and port operations. Commissioned during 1985-87, Nalco has emerged to be a star performer in production, export of alumina and aluminium, and more significantly, in propelling a self-sustained growth. NALCO has units in Odisha at places like Angul and Damanjodi. The company's headquarters are located in Bhubaneswar.

Special Cover on INTACH : 23.08.2014

Odipex-2014 Special Cover

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is India’s largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to conservation and preservation of India’s natural, cultural, living, tangible and intangible heritage. Its mission is to Sensitize the public about the pluralistic cultural legacy of India; Instill a sense of social responsibility towards preserving our common heritage; Protect and conserve our living, built, and natural heritage by undertaking necessary actions and measures; Provide expertise in the field of conservation, restoration and preservation of specific works of art; and encourage capacity building by developing skills through training programs etc.

A quiz competition was also organised on the occasion for the school children and a power point presentation on Philately was given by Sri Ajit Dash, Secretary, EIPA on the occasion followed by quiz competition in junior and sub-junior group. A Philatelic book ‘Philatelist Kaleidoscope’ written by Dr. Bibhudatta Mishra and Shri Shanti Swarup Rath was released by Shri Bijoyshree Routray, EIPA President.

Odipex-2014 Philatelic Exhibition

Odipex-2014 Philatelic Workshop

On the third day Special Covers on East Coast Railway HQs, Bhubaneswar, Pale-capped Pigeon and Maha Bodhi Society were released. (Special Cover approval nos. OD/03/2014, OD/07/2014 and OD/08/2014). Shri Rajiv Vishnoi, General Manager, East Coast Railway; Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty, Vice President, Maha Bodhi Society; Mrs. Panchami Manoo Ukil, Founder member of The Bhubaneshwar Bird Walks and Shri Tilak De, Chief Postmaster General and other dignitaries attended the cover release function. Closing ceremony and prize distribution were also held during the same function in the evening. Shri Sahadev Sahoo and Shri Rajesh Kumar Bagri were the members of Jury of the exhibition.

Odipex-2014 Event

Odipex-2014 Event

Special Cover on East Coast Railway HQrs, Bhubaneswar : 24.08.2014

Odipex-2014 Special Cover

The East Coast Railway one of the blue chip zones of Indian Railways came into existence in its present form with effect from 1st April 2003. East Coast Railway has been acknowledged to have played an important role in building infrastructure and providing connectivity in Eastern, Southern and Central India. The geographical jurisdiction of East Coast Railway zone extends over three states encompassing almost all of Odisha along with parts of Srikakulam, Vizainagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of northeastern Andhra Pradesh and Bastar and Dantewada districts of Chhatisgarh state. The zonal headquarters is at Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

Special Cover on Pale-capped Pigeon : 24.08.2014

Odipex-2014 Special Cover

The pale-capped pigeon (Columba punicea) also known as the purple wood pigeon is a species of large pigeon that is found patchily distributed in parts of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This large 36–40.5 cm-long pigeon is all-dark chestnut brown with a contrasting pale crown. The male has whitish-grey crown, purplish-maroon upperparts with faint green gloss on the neck; more strongly iridescent mantle and back; dark slate-coloured rump and uppertail-coverts; vinous-brown ear-coverts, throat and underparts, slaty-grey undertail-coverts; and blackish tail and flight feathers. Females have a more brownish-grey crown. Juveniles initially have the crown colour matching the mantle, duller wing-coverts and scapulars with rufous fringes, a much reduced gloss on the upperparts and greyer underparts. The legs are crimson and iris is creamy-yellow in adults. The skin around the eyes and the ceres are magenta.

Special Cover on Maha Bodhi Society : 24.08.2014

Odipex-2014 Special Cover

The Maha Bodhi Society of India was founded by Anagarika Dhammapala in May, 1891 for the purpose of resuscitation Buddhism in India and of restoring the ancient Buddhist shrines at Buddha Gaya, Sarnath and Kushinara. Having its Headquarters in Calcutta its main attention has been paid in the restoration and revival of the glory and sanctity of Buddha Gaya. For this he founded the Society’s first Centre at Buddha Gaya. Then centers were established in Sarnath, Sanchi, Lucknow, Orissa, New Delhi, Chennai Ajmer, Bangalore etc. MBS (Maha Bodhi Society) Public School is also managed under the aegis of Maha Bodhi Society of India, Odisha Centre.

Odipex-2014 Award List

Courtesy: Rainbow Stamp Club | AIPEU | Orissa Postal Circle | Shakil Ahmed, Cuttack

My Stamps and Special Cover to mark 375th Madras Day : 22nd August 2014.

The first city of modern India, Chennai, celebrated its 375th birthday on 22nd August 2014. The city celebrated Madras Week by dedicating seven days to the history, culture and traditions of the city. Chennai, then Madras was founded on 22 August, 1639. It commemorates the founding of the city by establishing Fort St George on a small piece of land acquired from the last King of Chandragiri in 1639 by the British East India Company.

To mark the 375th Madras Day Celebrations, My Stamps and Special Cover were released on 22nd August 2014 at Fort St. George, Madras (Chennai). My Stamp carries the theme of Transport - Boat, Railway Engine, Metro Rail, Tram and Cars. Special Cover depicts General Hospital Bridge and boat in Buckingham Canal and cancellation depicts sketch of a Kattumaram. The special cover is designed by Shri D. Hemachandra Rao, Founder of Madras Heritage Lover's Forum. The set of covers consists of 5 special covers with different My stamps. Contact: +919840870172 (Mr. D. H. Rao)

375th Madras Day My Stamp
375th Madras Day My Stamp
375th Madras Day My Stamp
375th Madras Day My Stamp
375th Madras Day My Stamp

375th Madras Day Special Cover

375th Madras Day Special Cover

Courtesy: Rainbow Stamp Club

Gulpex-2014, Philatelic Exhibition at Gulbarga : 23rd - 24th August 2014.

North Karnataka Postal Region organised Gulpex-2014, philatelic exhibition on 23rd and 24th August 2014 at Gulbarga. Gulbarga, Bidar, Bijapur and Raichur postal divisions were covered under this exhibition. A Special Cover was issued on 23rd August 2014 during the exhibition. Special Cover depicts Gulbarga Fort and the cancellation depicts a Canon.

Gulpex-2014 Philatelic Exhibition

Gulpex-2014 Special Cover

Courtesy: Jagannath Mani, Bangalore.

My Stamps to mark 75 years of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) – 8th August 2014.

Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA), founded in 1939 is the premier professional association of pharmacists in India, with a member base of over 10,000, spread across the length & breadth of the nation. IPA operates in India through 17 state branches and more than 33 local branches. The members represent various facets of pharmaceutical profession viz. Industry, regulatory, community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy & education. IPA is also actively associated in managing several academic programmes.

Prof. Mahadeva Lal Schroff, a doyen of Pharmacy Education in India started United Provinces Pharma Association in December 1935, which soon crossed the borders of UP in 1939 and took the shape of Indian Pharmaceutical Association in 1939 with branches all over the country.

On 8th August 2014, IPA Convention, 2014 was organised on at NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore. The convention was hosted by IPA Karnataka State Branch. During the Convention My Stamps with logo of Platinum Jubilee year were released to commemorate the 75 years of the Association. Dr. B. Suresh, Vice Chancellor, JSS University, Guest of Honour & Dr. B.R. Jagashetty, Former Drugs Controller for the state of Karnataka, Chief Patron IPA Convention, 2014 released Platinum Jubilee My Stamps.

IPA 75 Years My Stamp

IPA 75 Years My Stamps

IPA 75 Years My Stamps

IPA 75 Years My Stamps

IPA 75 Years My Stamps

Courtesy: Indian Pharmaceutical Association

Special Cover on World Elephant Day - 12th August 2014.

World Elephant Day, an international annual event celebrated on 12th August every year is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world's elephants. Conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures, and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand, it was officially founded, supported and launched by Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on 12th August 2012. Since that time, Patricia Sims continues to direct World Elephant Day, which is now supported by over 65 wildlife organizations and many individuals in countries across the globe.

Government of Karnataka, over the past few years has taken lot of initiatives to establish corridor connectivity among the National Parks and Sanctuaries by strengthening the existing protected area network. According to 2012, All India Elephant estimation, presently the Karnataka State has 6072 Elephants which is more than 20% of the Country's elephant population.

Karnataka Postal Circle issued a Special Cover to commemorate World Elephant Day on 12th August 2014 at Bangalore. The cover depicts Mysore Elephant Reserve. (Special Cover approval No. KTK/16/2014)

World Elephant Day Special Cover Release

World Elephant Day Special Cover Release

World Elephant Day Special Cover

Courtesy: Jagannath Mani, Bangalore

Commemorative Stamp on Gaiety Theatre Complex, Shimla : 20th August 2014.

Gaiety Thetre Complex, ShimlaThe Gaiety Theatre Complex, Shimla, a hub of theatre and landmark heritage structure, which continues to stand tall after 125 glorious years of its existence. Gaiety Theater is located on the Mall, was opened on the 30th May, 1887. Many popular film personalities have performed on its stage. Today, the Gaiety theatre is primarily known for its social club. Schools in Shimla use this theater for performing arts. The theater has been renovated with the original structure untouched to keep its heritage preserved while making it more attractive.

India Post issued a commemorative stamp on Gaiety Theatre Complex on 20th August 2014. No any stamp release function organised on the occasion.

Jp-pex - 2014, Special Covers: 6th - 8th August 2014.

During the 6th District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Jp-pex - 2014 held at Jaipur, a booklet on "Beti Bachao", 3 Special Covers were released.

Jp-pex 2014 Booklet on Beti Bachao (Save the girl child) theme. Price: Rs. 50

Jp-pex-2014 Booklet

Jp-pex-2014 Booklet

Special Cover depicting decorated Camel and Cancellation depicts sketch of camel which is known as Ship of Desert - 06.08.2014 (Price: Rs. 5 for blank cover)

Jp-pex 2014 Special Cover

Special Cover depicts Talkatora Lake with fountain in centre and cancellation shows slogan "Save Water" and "Save Heritage" and line drawing of Chand Baori in Amer. - 07.08.2014 (Price: Rs. 5 for blank cover)

Jp-pex 2014 Special Cover

Special Cover depicts a tablet displayed at Mani Bhawan showing Mahatma Gandhi declaring "Quit India Movement on 8th August 1942. Cancellation shows symbolic sketch of Mahatma Gandhi and 72 years of Quit India Movement. - 08.08.2014 (Price: Rs. 5 for blank cover)

Jp-pex 2014 Special Cover

Special Cover on 50 years of Jain Social Group movement - 17th August 2014.

The Jain Social Group (JSG) movement started in 1965 and was organised through its Jain Social Group International Federation (JSGIF) in 1980 by Shri C. N. Sanghvi, Founder President. It covers more than 400 Groups at molecular level, spread across the world. The principal motto of JSG is to "WALK TOGETHER, TALK TOGETHER, ACT WITH ONE MIND". JSC is the largest Jain Organization in the world having 60,000 families affiliated with us as members and spread all over world through our more than 350 groups (Chapters) in India and abroad.

Federation Day was celebrated by Jain Social Group International Federation on 17th August, 2014 at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch. On the occasion Maharashtra Postal Circle issued a special cover to mark 50 years celebration of Jain Social Group at Pune. (Special Cover approval no. MH/19/2014)

Jain Social Group

Cover Courtesy: Sudhir Jain, Satna

Special Cover on Kothapalli Jayashankar - 6th August 2014.

Kothapalli Jayashankar popularly known as Professor Jayashankar (b. 6 August 1934 - d. 21 June 2011) was an Indian academic and Social Activist. He was the ideologue of Telangana Movement. He has been fighting for a separate state since 1952. He often stated that unequal distribution of river water was the root cause of separate Telangana movement. He was the former Vice Chancellor of Kakatiya University and an activist in the Separate Telangana Movement.

Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle released a Special Cover to mark 81st birth anniversary of Professor Kothapalli Jayashankar on 6th August 2014 at Hyderabad on the occassion of renaming of the Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad. The Telangana Government has renamed the 50 years olf ANGRAU after late Prof Jayashankar, who stood for the Telangana movement throughout his life. Now ANGRAU will be called Professor K. Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University. (Special Cover approval no. AP/11/2014). Telangana Chief Minister, Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao released the special cover on the late K Jayashankar at the agriculture university at Rajendranagar in Hyderabad. Chief Postmaster General, A. P. Postal Circle, Shri B. V. Sudhakar and Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy were also present during the cover release function. My Stamp with the logo of Telagana Government Logo has been used on Special Cover.

Special Cover on Kothapalli Jayashankar released by Telangana Chief Minister, Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao

Special Cover on Kothapalli Jayashankar

Cover Courtesy: Ravi Viswanathan, Hyderabad | Photo Courtesy: The New Indian Express

My Stamps new designs launched.

India Post has launched 'My Stamp' at Indipex-2011, World Philatelic Exhibition on 12th February 2011. 17 different sheets were made available during the launch of 'My Stamps' having designs/themes of 12 diff. Sun signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces, Cancer and Capricorn) Taj Mahal, Jungle lore (Wildlife: Indian lion, Indian elephant, Tiger, Rhino), Tales of Panchatantra (The lion and the rabit, The monkey and the crocodile, The crow and the snake and The tortoise and the geese, Full steam ahead (Locomotives: WP/1, 1963, WDM2, 1963, GIP No. 1, 1853 and F/1, 1895) and Flying high (Aeroplanes: LCA - Tejas, Dhruv and HT-2).

In the second phase four new designs on Flower theme (Lily, Dahlia, Cineraria and Pansy) were launched on 19th October, 2012.

As per the Office Memorandum F. No. 17-5/2013-Phil, dated 22nd July 2014 issued by Philately Division, Department of Posts, 10 new themes of My Stamps have been launched, viz. Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Mysore Palace, Fairy Queen, Port Blair Island, Ajanta Caves, St. Francis Church and Greetings.

These new themes are based on local tourist attraction places. Therefor the distribution of the same has been prepared in view of the location of the above places, except Taj Mahal, Fairy Queen and Greetings which are distributed to all postal circles, rest of the themes are circulated only to the concerned circle headquarters. However My Stamp Counters and philatelic bureaux of the circles other than the philatelic bureau situated at circle headquarter can place their demand of My Stamp sheetlets to the philatelic bureau situated at circle headquarters.

Taj Mahal

My Stamp Taj Mahal

Hawa Mahal

My Stamp Hawa Mahal

Mysore Palace

My Stamp Mysore Palace

Port Blair Island

My Stamp Port Blair Island

Ajanta Caves

My Stamp Ajanta Caves

St. Francis Church

St. My Stamp Francis Church

Four other designs of Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Fairy Queen, and Greetings are shown below in previous news.

Prashant Pandya, Vadodara

Philatelic Exhibition at Ambience Mall, Gurgaon - 14th - 17th August 2014.

India Post has organised a philatelic exhibition at Ambience Mall, Gurgaon with the support of Philatelic Dealer Association and the Ambience Mall, Gurgaon from 14th to 17th August, 2014. Philatelic Dealer Association has arranged display of five frame philatelic at theMall. On the occasion, India Post also opened a philatelic counter and 'My Stamps' with four new design viz. Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Fairy Queen and Greetings have been made available at the counter. Ambience Mall, Gurgaon also issued a Picture Postcard on Independence Day (Distributed free of cost). India Post have made an arrangement of a Post Box for mailing the letters during the four days.

Red Forte

Red Fort My Stamp

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar My Stamp

Fairy Queen

My Stamp Fairy Queen

Greetings

My Stamps Greetings

Picture Postcard (Front and Back)

Ambience Mall Picture Postcard

Ambience Mall Picture Postcard

Courtesy: Parvesh Gupta, New Delhi

Special Cover on Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Rotary Club of Madurai West - 4th July 2014.

Rotary Club of Madurai West is an affiliate of Rotary International, a worldwide federation of professionals and entrepreneurs engaged in catalytic and direct action for the betterment of humanity in the areas of health, education, ethics, economy, resource sustainability and peace. Rotary Club of Madurai West upholds the core values of Rotary International : Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership. Its membership and its programmes exemplify Rotary's motto Service Above Self. The club, which was started in 1965, has over 140 members. It has been carrying out a number of initiatives with regard to betterment of infrastructure in educational institutions and other charitable work.

The Rotary Club of Madurai West marked its golden jubilee celebrations with daylong events at Lakshmi Sundaram Hall, Madurai on 4th July 2014. To mark the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Tamilnadu Postal Circle issued a Special Cover on 4th July 2014.. (Special Cover approval no. TN/07/2014). Shri Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General, Chennai City Region, released a special cover which was received by C. Basker, Rotary International Coordinator of Zone 5.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Rotary Club of Madurai West Special Cover

Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Rotary Club of Madurai West Special Cover

Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram | The Hindu

“Republic Day 2015" Stamp Design Competition by India Post.

Department of Posts is holding a “Republic Day 2015 – Stamp Design Competition”. The theme of the competition is Clean India.

The Terms and Conditions to participate in the competition are as follows:

  • Entries are invited for ‘Republic Day 2015 – Stamp Design Competition’. The participants are to make an original design on this subject (should not be copy of picture painted by someone else).
  • Any citizen of India can participate in this contest. The design could be in ink, water colour, oil colour or any other medium (computer printed/printout will not be allowed). The design submitted should be such that can be depicted on the stamps in a visually appealing manner so as to be of interest to philatelic collectors.
  • Participants are free to use drawing paper, art paper or any other type of white paper of A4 Size.
  • The following particulars should be written legibly on the reverse of the design:
  • Name of the participant*
    1. Age*
    2. Nationality*
    3. Full and complete residential address with Pin code
    4. Phone/Mobile Number*
    5. E-Mail ID (if available)
    *It is compulsory to provide the information.
  • An undertaking stating that ‘The artwork submitted is original and no copyright issues are involved’ should be sent along with the entry. In case of any legal dispute related to copyright issue, Department of Posts will not be liable for the same.
  • The design should be sent without being folded, through “Speed Post” only, in A4 size envelope. The participants should mention “Republic Day 2015 –Stamp Design Contest” on the envelope in which the drawing is sent.
  • The prize winning designs will be considered for use on stamps and other philatelic material. The prize money will be as follows:-

1. First prize 10,000/-
2. Second prize 6,000/-
3. Third prize 4.000/-

  • The entries should reach on the following address by 15.10.2014.The entries received after the last date of receipt will not be entertained.

To,
ADG (Philately)
Room No. 108(B),
Dak Bhawan,
Parliament Street,
New Delhi - 110001

Source: India Post Notification

Gadagpex-2014, Philatelic Exhibition at Gadag - 9th & 10th August 2014.

North Karnataka Postal Region organised Gadagpex-2104, a cluster level philatelic exhibition at Gadag on 9th and 10th August 2014. Six postal divisions viz. Gadag, Dharwad, Bellary, Sirsi, Karwar and Haveri participated in the exhibition. Shri M. Mariappan, Director Postal Services, North Karnataka Region, Dhrawad and DDPI Gadag District inaugurated the exhibition. Shri Jayaprakash from Udupi and Shri Siddappa from Davanagere were the members of Jury. My stamp facility and post crossing activities were promoted during the exhibition. School children and local visitors visted the exhibition in good strength.

Two Special Covers were released on 9th August 2014. One on Brahma Jinalaya and another on Doddabasappa Temple, Dambal or Dambala.

Brahma Jinalaya, located in Lakkundi village in Gadag district. Lakkundi is famous for its many ancient temples and monuments dating from the Later Chalukya period. Brahma Jainalaya was built by queen Attimabbe is the largest of many Jain temples in Lakkundi. This Basadi is dedicated to Mahavira, the most revered saint of Jainism. There is also a beautiful idol of Lord Brahma in this temple.

The Doddabasappa Temple is a 12th-century Western Chalukyan architectural innovation in Dambal, or Dambala. Dambal is about 20 km south-east of Gadag city. The sanctum of temple contains a Shiva linga, the symbol of the presiding deity, God Shiva. The temple interior is a standard construction and consists of a sanctum (cella), a vestibule (antarala) and a main mantapa (also called navaranga or hall). The vestibule connects the sanctum to the mantapa.

Gadagpex 2014

Gadagpex 2014

Gadagpex 2014 Special Cover

Gadagpex 2014 Special Cover

Courtesy: IPASP Karnataka | Mansoor Bolar, Mangalore

Philatelic Exhibition and Release of Special Cover at 200th Flower Show, Bangalore - 8th August 2014.

The Grand Lalbagh Independence Day Flower Show 2014 was inaugurated by Karnataka Chief Minister, Shri Siddaramaiah at the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens on 8th August 2014. The Lalbagh flower show is a major attraction in Bangalore. This year it is more special as it is the 200th show which is being organised by the Department of Horticulture and the Mysore Horticulture Society. The show will continue till 17th August 2014.

The flower show showcase a 27 feet high Mysore Palace created with three lakh red, yellow and white Dutch roses. It is 45 feet in length and 12 feet in width. Other attractions are Dasara procession with elephants, Golden Howdah carrying the idol of goddess Chamundeshwari, with four horses and six armed soldiers, floral replica of KR Circle in Mysore, housing Krishnaraja Wadiyar’s idol inside the mantap etc.

During the flower show members of Karnataka Philatelic Soceity and students from Vijaya High school and Carmel High School displayed 10 Frames Philatelic Exhibits on 'Flora'. To mark the 200th Flower Show a Special Cover was released by Karnataka Postal Circle on 8th August 2014. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/12/2014)

200th Flower Show at Lalbagh, Bangalore

200th Flower Show at Lalbagh, Bangalore

200th Flower Show at Lalbagh, Bangalore

200th Flower Show at Lalbagh, Bangalore

200th Lalbagh Flower Show Special Cover

Courtesy: Jagannath Mani, Bangalore.

Commemorative Cover issued by Nepal Philatelic Bureau commemorating the official visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Nepal - 3rd August 2014.

Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Nepal from 3rd - 4th August, 2014 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt. Hon'ble Mr. Sushil Koirala. Hon'ble Shri Narendra Modi, met with the Rt. Hon. Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal, at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at Singha Durbar, Kathmandu on 3rd August 2014. The two Prime Ministers underscored the importance of building trust between the two countries and move forward with a new vision and resolve.

Shri Narendra Modi's Nepal visit has enhanced mutual trust and confidence between the two countries and given a "new impetus, direction and dynamism" to vital ties. To commemorate the official visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Nepal Philatelic Bureau issued a Commemorative Cover and The two Prime Ministers affixed the first cancellation mark on the commemorative cover during the Bilateral Meeting at Singha Durbar.

Shri Pradip Jain of Patna had sent suggestion to Ms. Urmila Kaphle, Director of Nepal Philatelic Bureau to issue commemorative cover to mark the visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Nepal. Mr. Jain had also suggested design for the cover.

Commemorative Cover issued by Nepal Philatelic Bureau commemorating the official visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Nepal

Commemorative Cover issued by Nepal Philatelic Bureau commemorating the official visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Nepal

Commemorative Cover issued by Nepal Philatelic Bureau commemorating the official visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Nepal

Commemorative Cover issued by Nepal Philatelic Bureau commemorating the official visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Nepal

Commemorative Cover issued by Nepal Philatelic Bureau commemorating the official visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Nepal

Commemorative Cover issued by Nepal Philatelic Bureau commemorating the official visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Nepal

Courtesy: PIB | Pradip Jain, Patna | Ashish Rajgarhia

Jp-pex - 2014, 6th District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Jaipur : 6th - 8th August 2014.

6th District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Jp-pex-2014 organised by India Post was inaugurated at Suchna Kendra, Sawai Ramsingh Road, Jaipur, by Chief Guest, Rajkumari Diya Kumari, MLA of Sawai Madhopur on 6th August 2014. Shri Krishan Kunal, District Magistrate and Collector of Jaipur was the guest of honour of the function, Lt. Col. D.K.S Chauhan, Chief Postmaster General, Rajasthan Postal Circle, Shri Dushyant Mudgal, Director, Postal Services and Col. Suresh Gupta of Army Postal Service were also present on the occasion.

During the Jp-pex - 2014 a booklet on "Beti Bachao", Special Cover on "Camel: Ship of Desert" were issued on 6th August 2014. On 7th August 2014, a Special Cover on "Tal Katora" and on 8th August 2014 a Special Cover on "Quit India Movement" were issued. During the exhibition, Drawing Competition, Philatelic Workshop and Seminar on philately were also organised.

Jppex-2014

Jppex-2014

Courtesy: Twitter

Rakhi Mail - Rakhi Covers 2014

In year 2004, India Post introduced special stout envelopes for safe transit of Rakhies, as the normal paper envelopes are likely to get torn. Various postal circles in India introduced their own version of envelopes with different designs. To maintain uniformity in quality and specifications throughout the country India Post introduced Premium Rakhi Envelopes in four designs on 14.07.2006. New envelopes are of tear and water resistant besides very light to keep the Rakhi mail within the basic weight limit, as far as possible. The envelopes were priced at Rs 5 each exclusive of normal postal charges. From 2007 onwards it has become regular practice to issue Rakhi Envelopes either in same design or in different designs.

This year design of 2 varieties are same as of 2012, 2013 but the minor change is in address block. Border of the block is thinner and the price has been increased to Rs. 7.50 ( Postage Extra ).

Rakhi Cover with advertisement of BSNL Broadband on reverse side is also reported.

Rakhi Cover 2014

Rakhi Cover 2014

Rakhi Cover 2014

Rakhi Cover 2014

Cover Courtesy: Timir R. Shah, Vadodara | Ankit Agrawal, Pune

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